The Taurus tested out reasonably well. The car is roomy, plus it rides and handles soundly. However, even the upgrade 200-hp engine lacks real punch and isn't particularly frugal. The wagon was one of the few inexpensive seven-passenger vehicles of its time.
Alerts
There are 10 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Reliability

Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how used vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system.

Overall Reliability
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Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey for about 420,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2019 vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system. NA indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.

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Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2001 Ford Taurus owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

A/C compressor

"The air compressor is leaking coolant"

Christopher A., OH (2001 Ford Taurus SES 3.0-L V6)

"difficult to recharge effectively for air conditioning - I finally just let it go"

Anonymous, NY (2001 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

"needed new compressor"

SUSn W., TX (2001 Ford Taurus SES 3.0-L V6)

"would not blow cold air"

Anonymous, FL (2001 Ford Taurus SES 3.0-L V6)

"had to replace a/c compressor"

Anonymous, TX (2001 Ford Taurus SES 3.0-L V6)

"A/C compressor clutch has become very noisy, likely to fail soon"

Anonymous, OK (2001 Ford Taurus SES 3.0-L V6)

"a/c compressor burned out"

Anonymous, GA (2001 Ford Taurus LX 3.0-L V6)
Automatic climate control

"Valve that Controls heat and cooling into cabin failed"

Ken M., CA (2001 Ford Taurus SES 3.0-L V6)

"blower motor made an annoying high-pitched noise"

Anonymous, FL (2001 Ford Taurus SES 3.0-L V6)

"siezed up -- probably bearing failure"

Anonymous, WA (2001 Ford Taurus)

"Plugged up. No heat"

Marv S., CA (2001 Ford Taurus SEL 3.0-L V6)

"No heat for 3 years. Can't find solution"

Anonymous, TN (2001 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

"Valve in heater control system broke. The only way to fix it requires pulling the dash. This triples the cost to fix the valve to $1500. This is a ridiculous design mistake"

Anonymous, AZ (2001 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

"heater does not work"

Anonymous, TX (2001 Ford Taurus SES 3.0-L V6)

"only cold air comes from heater"

Thomas S., OK (2001 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)
Refrigerant leaks

"Coolant leaks were severe, requiring seal replacement within the engine compartment"

Christopher A., OH (2001 Ford Taurus SES 3.0-L V6)

"Refrigerant leak from timing gasket. Trying can of stop leak since repair cost would be $675"

John E., IN (2001 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

"Constant leaks, losing cooling ability. Not fun in the South !"

Anonymous, GA (2001 Ford Taurus SEL 3.0-L V6)

"Won't hold a charge from year to year"

Andrew G., KS (2001 Ford Taurus)
Evaporator

"It had a leak"

Anonymous, MI (2001 Ford Taurus SEL 3.0-L V6)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

"replaced engine mounts"

Anonymous, FL (2001 Ford Taurus SES 3.0-L V6)

"when i had it smogged in mid-'14 they told me one of the motor mounts was broken. that's why it kinda slams into gear first thing in the morning. Workaround: shift from park into neutral, then into reverse/drive. i'm skeduled to get that repaired nex"

Lynn E., CA (2001 Ford Taurus SES 3.0-L V6)

"My mechanic mentioned that there is significant oil leak. It would cost about $1000:00 to repair. Thus far I have just been using a try under the area of the leak, which would make quite a mess if I didn't do that. I am considering fixing the leak as the car runs very well otherwise"

Shirley H., AK (2001 Ford Taurus SES 3.0-L V6)

"I'm going through a quart of oil every 500 - 600 miles"

Anonymous, MD (2001 Ford Taurus SEL 3.0-L V6)

"Oil pan gasket leaked"

Anonymous, CT (2001 Ford Taurus SEL 3.0-L V6)

"Very slow oil leaks which I have not had repaired"

Anonymous, OR (2001 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

"In the past 4years I've replace the oil pan seal 3x"

Craig W., WA (2001 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

"Examined car on lift prior to purchase. Found engine was leaking coolant. Dealer discounted price and I used my repair shop to fix leak. Now, 5 years later, engine leaks oil. Possibly because of piston ring blow by from worn rings"

Anonymous, AL (2001 Ford Taurus SEL 3.0-L V6)

"multiple leaks around radiator"

Anonymous, ID (2001 Ford Taurus Unsure 3.0-L V6)
Accessory belts or pulleys

"idler pulley failure - noise"

Anonymous, IN (2001 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)
Engine computer

"The master engine control system modual had to be replaced $900"

Anonymous, CA (2001 Ford Taurus LX 3.0-L V6)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

"There is something wrong with front end, have had problems for many years and had lots of fixes they only last a year or so. Need to get alignment done regular this helps"

Anonymous, CA (2001 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)
Power steering leaks

"The power steering all of a sudden stopped working. When I opened the hood the power steering fluid was bubbling out of the reservoir"

Jerrold L., TX (2001 Ford Taurus SEL 3.0-L V6)

"Kept running low on power steering fluid. Air would get in the system. Solved the problem by adding Lucas Power Steering Stop Leak. About half of that, and half regular fluid. Overall fluid is much thicker, and I'm assuming it reconditioned some seals and closed some gaps"

Adam H., FL (2001 Ford Taurus SES 3.0-L V6)

"Power steering rack had to be replaced due to leaking fluid"

Anonymous, CT (2001 Ford Taurus SEL 3.0-L V6)

"Crack in power steering component causing slight leak which drips on exhaust manifold. $500 estimate to fix"

Ed J., MN (2001 Ford Taurus SEL 3.0-L V6)
Shocks or struts

"They were worn out and the front end was out of alignment, leading to uneven tire wear"

Michael H., CA (2001 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

"the strut broke"

Anonymous, NE (2001 Ford Taurus SEL 3.0-L V6)

"All four needed to be changed to be changed. Rear were too massive a job to change ( remove rear interior deck to get to strut. Engine mounts needed changing. Top mounts simple, bottom ones required lifting engine"

William D., FL (2001 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

"springs broke"

Richard H., NE (2001 Ford Taurus SEL 3.0-L V6)

"broken rear spring"

Anonymous, OH (2001 Ford Taurus SEL 3.0-L V6)

"had to replace steering linkage"

Anonymous, OH (2001 Ford Taurus SEL 3.0-L V6)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

"The paint on this car looks like new. It's white. But, patches of paint is peeling off the hood and the hood only. Estimates to strip and repaint the hood is $500 and $700. The paint on the rest of the car is perfect. Apparently the hood was not properly prepared for painting in 2001"

William M., CA (2001 Ford Taurus SES 3.0-L V6)

"Paint started peeling off rear trunk lid in pieces and could not be stopped"

William D., FL (2001 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

"Paint peeled from rusted out wheel well openings"

Anonymous, IN (2001 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

"The hood and top of the car's clear coat is peeling"

Anonymous, NM (2001 Ford Taurus Unsure 3.0-L V6)

"A little body rust on left rear quarter around wheel well"

John E., IN (2001 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

"Rear wheel well openings rusted through both sides at appx. 150,000 miles"

Anonymous, IN (2001 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

"rust around wheel wells, rocker panels, floor panels"

Mary N., OH (2001 Ford Taurus SEL 3.0-L V6)

"Looking at other 2001 models the rust problem is prevelant in the North east"

Anonymous, NY (2001 Ford Taurus SEL 3.0-L V6)

"rust ate away the rocker panel...dropped off the car, Rust on left wheel well eating away metal"

Anonymous, NY (2001 Ford Taurus SEL 3.0-L V6)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Fuel pump

"car would intermittently fail to start and shop could not duplicate error on several occasions. bought new battery and that seemed to take care of the problem for a little while. then when problem persisted my shop investigated further and found that the fuel pump needed replacing. no problems starting since"

Fred K., MN (2001 Ford Taurus SEL 3.0-L V6)

"fuel pump located in gas tank. Very expensive replacement cost!"

Richard K., MT (2001 Ford Taurus SES 3.0-L V6)

"Starter motor would crank but car would not start"

Donald B., TX (2001 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

"Fuel Pump Failed"

Mitchell B., NJ (2001 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

"Elbow for fuel input got a hole in it"

Anonymous, KS (2001 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

"worked intermittantly"

William K., PA (2001 Ford Taurus SES 3.0-L V6)
Emission control devices (includes EGR)

"had to have egr system cleaned"

Anonymous, GA (2001 Ford Taurus SEL 3.0-L V6)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

"Did not release properly, resulting in drag"

Michael M., ON (2001 Ford Taurus Unsure 3.0-L V6)

"Master cylinder leaked all the break fluid out"

Anonymous, FL (2001 Ford Taurus SEL 3.0-L V6)

"Brake fluid leak at the connection. Easily repaired"

Anonymous, PA (2001 Ford Taurus SEL 3.0-L V6)
Premature brake wear

"I noticed an intermittent growling sound but couldn't tell where it was coming from in the car. It got worse on rough, course pavement. Stepping on the brakes sometimes caused pulsing in the pedal. I took it to a mechanic I trust and found that the rear brakes were very worn and one of the wheel bearing was failing - hence the growling. Had to replace all parts of the rear brakes. Cost was around $570"

James R., NM (2001 Ford Taurus SES 3.0-L V6)

"reset brake pedal"

Anonymous, SC (2001 Ford Taurus LX 3.0-L V6)

"Brake lines rusted - would not pass inspection"

Anonymous, ME (2001 Ford Taurus SEL 3.0-L V6)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

"Keeping batteries in this car is hard, they last about 2 yrs. and you throw the junk away. Fords electrical system needs improvement, engine controls, ECU's, switches, wiring. I would hope these engineers could solve corrosion"

Ralph B., IL (2001 Ford Taurus LX 3.0-L V6)
Coil

"Ignition coil went out causing the engine to misfire"

Jeff C., AR (2001 Ford Taurus SEL 3.0-L V6)

"I had to go to three Ford dealers before getting one competent to find and fix problem"

Anonymous, IN (2001 Ford Taurus SEL 3.0-L V6)

"Spark plugs fuel fouled to point engine would not start. Replaced plugs, coil and wires. Ran great for a week did it again. Replaced plugs did it again. Used Motorcraft parts. Replaced injectors ran even better, did it again in a week. Checked compre"

Harold D., TX (2001 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)
Starter

"Replaced starter and alternator. Also replaced cam shaft synchronizer (2'nd time) and had engine mounts replaced"

Anonymous, FL (2001 Ford Taurus SES 3.0-L V6)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

"Lights behind gauges are going out. Accessibility to these lights is extremely difficult"

Richard H., NE (2001 Ford Taurus SEL 3.0-L V6)

"The red brake system warning light has come on and stays on, even though the fluid levels are ok and braking works fine. However, because of that, I am more apt to take off without releasing the parking brake, causing premature read pad wear"

Anonymous, MD (2001 Ford Taurus SEL 3.0-L V6)
Wiper motor or washer

"sometimes plugs up; hose became detached;"

Anonymous, NY (2001 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

"The plastic tube connecting the washer pump to the spray nozzles on the hood has broken multiple times"

Anonymous, TX (2001 Ford Taurus SES 3.0-L V6)

"Open door sensors are not reliable, light will be on when doors are closed. Seatbelt sensors are not reliable, will be on when they are fastened or off when they are not"

Anonymous, ID (2001 Ford Taurus Unsure 3.0-L V6)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Gear selector or linkage

"I replaced the Shift Cable!"

William G., NJ (2001 Ford Taurus SES 3.0-L V6)
Slipping transmission

"when driving on an incline or decline the tranny has a minor slip. shop could not duplicate so we are living with the situation until it gets worse"

Fred K., MN (2001 Ford Taurus SEL 3.0-L V6)

"Was advised a new transmission was in my near future or time for a new car"

Anonymous, IL (2001 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

"Traansmission pan gasket leaked"

Anonymous, CT (2001 Ford Taurus SEL 3.0-L V6)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

What Owners Say

"overflow tank failure - cracked/leaked"

Anonymous, IN (2001 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

"Engine over heated. Eventually found service did not include new coolant. Engine had a build up of sludge in the coolant system. Have had to boil system out four times, replaced the heads once. Now we do not get much warm air out of the heater. Can not afford to have the heater core replaced. Will purchase a rental return this spring/summer"

Marv S., CA (2001 Ford Taurus SEL 3.0-L V6)

"Radiator was not flushed regularly after move to FL. This resulted in failure of heater to work and head gasket to go. Told to replace by mechanics. Can't find CRs Used Car Buying Guide to buy 1st used car in 35 years!!!!"

Anonymous, FL (2001 Ford Taurus SEL 3.0-L V6)

"Water Pump Leaked coolant ran out engine overheated"

Mitchell B., NJ (2001 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Squeaks or rattles

"Rattle coming from the front end/driver's side. Rattles when on a rough road. Has only been doing this recently"

Anonymous, UT (2001 Ford Taurus SES 3.0-L V6)

"Rattles in front on rough roads"

Ed J., MN (2001 Ford Taurus SEL 3.0-L V6)

"At 96000 miles it us not unusual or surprising to have a cooling system leak. I would not fault the manufacturer on this matter since I have had excellent service from this vehicle"

Anonymous, FL (2001 Ford Taurus SES 3.0-L V6)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"Rear door seal was loose when purchased. Has not been fixed"

Anonymous, AL (2001 Ford Taurus SEL 3.0-L V6)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

"Need to be replaced"

Anonymous, NC (2001 Ford Taurus Unsure 3.0-L V6)

"Ford just cannot make a good transmission"

Ralph B., IL (2001 Ford Taurus LX 3.0-L V6)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Windows

"Windows wouldn't open or close"

Anonymous, IL (2001 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

"Windshield molding came loose, causing significant water leaks during rain"

Anonymous, FL (2001 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

"manifold has leaks"

Anonymous, AZ (2001 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)
Catalytic converter

"Mechanic thought it was transmission, but it was the converter. Most expensive"

Anonymous, TN (2001 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

Display screen difficult to see

"This happened after engine repair was done. Seemed to have been electrical. The garage was able to partially repair it but now when the I have the headlight on the light on the radio goes out. I hesitate to try to fix that as something else may then have a problem"

Shirley H., AK (2001 Ford Taurus SES 3.0-L V6)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Transfer case

"Drive chain. Water pump"

Anonymous, IN (2001 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

"The head gasket began seeping water at the 100,000 mile mark. I don't believe that it should be faulty that early"

David J., IN (2001 Ford Taurus SES 3.0-L V6)

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Recalls
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SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC:FOUNDATION COMPONENTS:DISC:PADS
Apr 01 2016
A damaged or broken brake disc may reduce a vehicle's braking power, increasing the risk of a crash.
Summary:
Bosch Brake Components LLC (Bosch) is recalling certain aftermarket replacement front brake pads, models Bosch QuietCast BC598 and BP765, Bosch Blue BE598 and BE598H, Prostop PD598 and PD765M, Duralast Gold DG598, Duralast MKD598, Stop Master ST598, UltraStop ULT598, UltraLife MX598 and MX765, BrakeBest MKD765, and Prostop Platinum PGD598. These brake pads, manufactured October 1, 2014, to October 31, 2015 are intended for use on 2001-2007 Ford Taurus, 2001-2005 Mercury Sable, 1995-1999 Ford Taurus SHO, 1995-2002 Lincoln Continental, and 1993-1998 Lincoln Mark VIII vehicles. The brake pad shim may shift out of position causing the shim to contact the brake disc resulting in damage to the disc.
What should you do:
Bosch will instruct the owners how to have the affected brake pads replaced, free of charge. The recall began on May 26, 2016. Owners may contact Bosch customer service at 1-888-715-3616.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 16E026000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 49635
SUSPENSION:FRONT:SPRINGS:COIL SPRINGS
Jul 15 2004
IF THIS OCCURS, THE TIRE MAY RUPTURE RESULTING IN A RAPID AIR LOSS, WHICH COULD RESULT IN A CRASH.
Summary:
ON CERTAIN PASSENGER VEHICLES ORIGINALLY SOLD IN OR CURRENTLY REGISTERED IN THE STATES OF CONNECTICUT, DELAWARE, ILLINOIS, INDIANA, IOWA, KENTUCKY, MAINE, MARYLAND, MASSACHUSETTS, MICHIGAN, MINNESOTA, MISSOURI, NEW HAMPSHIRE, NEW JERSEY, NEW YORK, OHIO, PENNSYLVANIA, RHODE ISLAND, VERMONT, WEST VIRGINIA, WISCONSIN, AND THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, THE FRONT COIL SPRINGS COULD FRACTURE DUE TO CORROSION ASSOCIATED WITH SALT USED ON THE ROADWAYS DURING THE WINTER. A FRACTURED SPRING COULD MOVE PAST THE SPRING SEAT AND CONTACT A FRONT TIRE.
What should you do:
DEALERS WILL INSTALL PROTECTIVE SPRING SHIELDS. IN ADDITION, FORD IS EXTENDING THE WARRANTY COVERAGE OF THE FRONT COIL SPRINGS IN ALL OTHER STATES, FOR FRACTURE ONLY, UP TO 10 YEARS OF SERVICE OR 150,000 MILES, WHICHEVER OCCURS FIRST. IF THE VEHICLE HAS ALREADY ACCUMULATED MORE THAN 150,000 MILES, THIS COVERAGE WILL LAST UNTIL JULY 31, 2005. IF EITHER FRONT COIL SPRING FRACTURES, DEALERS WILL REPLACE BOTH FRONT SPRINGS AT NO CHARGE TO THE OWNER. AN INTERIM NOTICE WAS SENT TO OWNERS ON AUGUST 2, 2004. PARTS ARE NOW AVAILABLE FOR THE 2000-2001 MY VEHICLES AND OWNERS WERE SENT A LETTER ON JANUARY 10, 2005, ADVISING THEM TO BRING IN THEIR VEHICLES FOR REPAIR PARTS ARE EXPECTED TO BE AVAILABLE FOR THE 1999 MY VEHICLES BY THE END OF FEBRUARY 2005 AND OWNERS OF THESE VEHICLES WILL BE NOTIFIED THEN. OWNERS SHOULD CONTACT FORD AT 1-800-392-3673.
For more information:
FORD RECALL NO. 04S17.CUSTOMERS CAN ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S AUTO SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-DASH-2-DOT (1-888-327-4236).
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 04V332000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 899060
EXTERIOR LIGHTING:BRAKE LIGHTS:SWITCH
Mar 02 2004
IN ADDITION, IF THE SWITCH AND/OR ASSOCIATED WIRING FAIL IN THE OPEN POSITION, THE BRAKE LIGHTS WILL NOT ACTUATE AND THE DRIVER WILL NOT BE ABLE TO SHIFT THE VEHICLE OUT OF "PARK" IF THEY FAIL IN THE CLOSED POSITION, THE BRAKE LIGHTS WILL REMAIN ON, WHICH WILL NOT ALLOW THE SPEED CONTROL TO BE ACTIVATED. THIS COULD ALSO CAUSE THE BATTERY TO DISCHARGE.
Summary:
CERTAIN PASSENGER VEHICLES ARE BEING RECALLED TO CORRECT A PROBLEM WITH A MALFUNCTIONING STOP LAMP SWITCH AND/OR ASSOCIATED WIRING. THIS MALFUNCTIONING COULD RENDER THE STOP LAMPS INOPERABLE OR CAUSE THEM TO STAY ON ALL THE TIME. THIS COULD CAUSE CONFUSION TO A FOLLOWING DRIVER, WHICH COULD LEAD TO A CRASH.
What should you do:
DEALERS WILL REMOVE THE STOP LAMP SWITCH AND ASSOCIATED WIRING ASSEMBLY AND INSTALL A NEWLY DESIGNED STOP LAMP SWITCH AND WIRE ASSEMBLY. OWNER NOTIFICATION IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN ON APRIL 5, 2004. OWNERS SHOULD CONTACT FORD AT 1-800-392-3673.
For more information:
FORD RECALL NO. 04S12.CUSTOMERS CAN ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S AUTO SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-DASH-2-DOT (1-888-327-4236).
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 04V106000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 938789
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC:PEDALS AND LINKAGES
Oct 02 2002
THIS COULD RESULT IN A CUSTOMER EXPERIENCING AN "UNINTENDED VEHICLE SPEED INCREASE" OR A PERCEIVED "UNABLE TO STOP" CONDITION.
Summary:
CERTAIN PASSENGER VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH ADJUSTABLE PADELS ARE BEING RECALLED IN ORDER TO ADJUST THE BRAKE AND ACCELERATOR PEDALS TO A MINIMUM OF 50 MM OF LATERAL SEPARATION. SIMULTANEOUS APPLICATION OF BOTH THE BRAKE AND ACCELERATOR PEDALS COULD RESULT IN AN INCREASE IN ENGINE RPM.
What should you do:
OWNERS WILL BE INSTRUCTED AS TO THE PROPER WAY TO SET THE POSITION OF THE PEDALS AND TO TAKE THEIR VEHICLES TO A DEALER TO HAVE THE SPACING BETWEEN THE BRAKE AND ACCELERATOR PEDALS MEASURED. IF THE SPACING IS FOUND TO BE LESS THAN 50 MM, THE DEALER WILL ADJUST THE PEDALS TO INCREASE THE DISTANCE BETWEEN THEM TO GREATER THAN 50 MM. OWNER NOTIFICATION BEGAN OCTOBER 28, 2002. OWNERS WHO DO NOT RECEIVE THE FREE REMEDY WITHIN A REASONABLE TIME SHOULD CONTACT FORD AT 1-866-436-7332.
For more information:
ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S AUTO SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-DASH-2-DOT (1-888-327-4236).
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 02V266000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 369614
VISIBILITY:WINDSHIELD WIPER/WASHER:MOTOR
Aug 08 2001
LOSS OF VISIBILITY WHILE DRIVING INCREASES THE RISK OF A CRASH.
Summary:
VEHICLE DESCRIPTION: PASSENGER CARS, SPORT UTILITY VEHICLES, AND LIGHT AND MEDIUM DUTY PICKUP TRUCKS. A SWITCH LOCATED IN THE PLASTIC COVER OF THE WIPER MOTOR GEAR CASE COULD MALFUNCTION AND OVERHEAT, POTENTIALLY RESULTING IN LOSS OF INTERMITTENT WIPER FUNCTION, LOSS OF WIPER PARK FUNCTION, COMPLETE LOSS OF WIPER FUNCTION, OR IGNITION OF THE PLASTIC COVER MATERIAL. SWITCH MALFUNCTION IS MOST LIKELY TO OCCUR WHEN THE INTERMITTENT SETTING OF THE WIPERS IS BEING USED, OR WHEN SNOW OR ICE OBSTRUCTS THE BLADES FROM RETURNING TO THE "PARKED" POSITION AT THE BOTTOM OF THE WINDSHIELD. THESE VEHICLES WERE BUILT AT THE FOLLOWING ASSEMBLY PLANTS: ATLANTA PLANT FROM 2/11/00 THROUGH 7/31/00; CHICAGO PLANT FROM 2/14/00 THROUGH 8/4/00; KANSAS CITY PLANT FROM 2/26/00 TO 9/4/00; KENTUCKY TRUCK PLANT FROM 2/18/00 TO 8/31/00; MICHIGAN TRUCK PLANT FROM 2/23/00 THROUGH 8/3/00; NORFOLK PLANT FROM 2/21/00 THROUGH 7/27/00; WAYNE STAMPING AND ASSEMBLY PLANT FROM 2/25/00 THROUGH 8/15/00; AND WIXOM PLANT FROM 2/15/00 THROUGH 8/8/00.
What should you do:
DEALERS WILL INSPECT THE DATE CODE ON THE WIPER MOTOR. MOTORS BUILT WITH THE SUSPECT TIME FRAME WILL HAVE THE WIPER MOTOR GEAR CASE COVER REPLACED. OWNER NOTIFICATION BEGAN AUGUST 20, 2001. OWNERS WHO TAKE THEIR VEHICLES TO AN AUTHORIZED DEALER ON AN AGREED UPON SERVICE DATE AND DO NOT RECEIVE THE FREE REMEDY WITHIN A REASONABLE TIME SHOULD CONTACT FORD AT 1-866-436-7332.
For more information:
ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S AUTO SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-DASH-2-DOT (1-888-327-4236).
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 01V258000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 1083000
SEAT BELTS:FRONT:BUCKLE ASSEMBLY
Apr 27 2001
IN THE EVENT OF A VEHICLE CRASH, THE VEHICLE OCCUPANT MAY NOT BE PROPERLY RESTRAINED, POSSIBLY RESULTING IN PERSONAL INJURY OR DEATH.
Summary:
VEHICLE DESCRIPTION: PASSENGER CARS. THE SEAT BELT BUCKLE TONGUE MAY NOT FULLY EJECT FROM THE BUCKLE ASSEMBLY WHEN THE RELEASE BUTTON IS PUSHED SLOWLY. THIS CONDITION COULD ALSO RESULT IN A PARTIAL LATCH OF THE TONGUE IN THE BUCKLE.
What should you do:
DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE DRIVER AND RIGHT FRONT PASSENGER SEAT BELT BUCKLES. OWNER NOTIFICATION BEGAN MAY 4, 2001. OWNERS WHO TAKE THEIR VEHICLES TO AN AUTHORIZED DEALER ON AN AGREED UPON SERVICE DATE AND DO NOT RECEIVE THE FREE REMEDY WITHIN A REASONABLE TIME SHOULD CONTACT FORD AT 1-800-392-3673.
For more information:
ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION=S AUTO SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-DASH-2-DOT (1-888-327-4236).
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 01V144000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 4567
EXTERIOR LIGHTING:TAIL LIGHTS:SWITCH
Mar 12 2001
A SHORT CIRCUIT COULD LEAD TO EITHER THE BRAKE LAMPS STAYING ON, OR TO A LOSS OF BRAKE LAMP FUNCTION, INCREASING THE RISK OF A CRASH.
Summary:
VEHICLE DESCRIPTION: PASSENGER VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH ADJUSTABLE PEDALS. IF THE GREASE FROM THE ADJUSTABLE PEDAL ASSEMBLY ENTERS THE STOP LAMP SWITCH, IT CAN CONTAMINATE THE CONTACTS LEADING TO CARBON BUILD UP, AND POTENTIALLY, A SHORT CIRCUIT.
What should you do:
DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE BRAKE LAMP SWITCH AND WIPE DOWN THE ADJUSTABLE PEDAL ASSEMBLY TO REMOVE EXCESS GREASE. OWNER NOTIFICATION BEGAN MARCH 22, 2001. OWNERS WHO TAKE THEIR VEHICLES TO AN AUTHORIZED DEALER ON AN AGREED UPON SERVICE DATE AND DO NOT RECEIVE THE FREE REMEDY WITHIN A REASONABLE TIME SHOULD CONTACT FORD AT 1-800-392-3673.
For more information:
ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S AUTO SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-DASH-2-DOT (1-888-327-4236).
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 01V078000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 157000
EXTERIOR LIGHTING:BACK UP LIGHTS
Feb 28 2001
UNDER THE REQUIREMENTS OF THE STANDARD, THE CHMSL SHALL BE ACTIVATED ONLY UPON APPPLICATION OF THE SERVICE BRAKES. ALSO, THE VEHICLE COULD ROLL INCREASING THE RISK OF A CRASH, IF THE SHIFT LEVER CAN BE SHIFTED OUT OF PARK WITHOUT DEPRESSING THE BRAKE PEDAL.
Summary:
VEHICLE DESCRIPTION: PASSENGER SEDANS WITH FACTORY OR DEALER-INSTALLED DECK LID SPOILERS WITH LED CENTER HIGH MOUNTED STOP LAMPS (CHMSL). VEHICLES PRODUCED WITH SPOILERS WERE MANUFACTURED FROM MARCH 1 THROUGH OCTOBER 31, 2000; AND VEHICLES WITH SPOILERS INSTALLED BY DEALERS WERE MANUFACTURED FROM JANUARY 1 THOROUGH DECEMBER 30, 2000. WITH THE IGNITION SWITCH IN THE START OR RUN POSITIONS AND THE HAZARD WARNING LIGHTS OPERATING, THE CHMSL CAN ILLUMINATE (AT REDUCED INTENSITY) EVEN THOUGH THE SERVICE BRAKES HAVE NOT BEEN APPLIED. THIS DOES NOT MEET THE REQUIREMENTS OF FMVSS NO. 108, "LAMPS, REFLECTIVE DEVICES, AND ASSOCIATED EQUIPMENT." ALSO, IN SOME CASES THE VEHICLE BRAKE-SHIFT INTERLOCK WOULD NOT FUNCTION PROPERLY, ALLOWING THE SHIFT LEVER TO BE MOVED FROM PARK WITHOUT APPLYING THE BRAKE.
What should you do:
DEALERS WILL INSTALL A JUMPER/RESISTOR ASSEMBLY AT THE SPOILER THAT PROVIDES AN ELECTRICAL RESISTOR TO GROUND AND CORRECTS THE CHMSL AND BRAKE-SHIFT INTERLOCK CONDITIONS. OWNER NOTIFICATION BEGAN MARCH 19, 2001. OWNERS WHO TAKE THEIR VEHICLES TO AN AUTHORIZED DEALER ON AN AGREED UPON SERVICE DATE AND DO NOT RECEIVE THE FREE REMEDY WITHIN A REASONABLE TIME SHOULD CONTACT FORD AT 1-800-392-3673.
For more information:
ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S AUTO SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-DASH-2-DOT (1-888-327-4236).
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 01V048000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 28000
EQUIPMENT:OTHER:OWNERS/SERVICE/OTHER MANUAL
Nov 28 2000
IN THE EVENT OF A CRASH, THE CHILD SEAT MAY NOT BE PROPERLY ATTACHED INCREASING THE RISK OF INJURY TO THE CHILD.
Summary:
VEHICLE DESCRIPTION: CERTAIN SPORT UTILITY VEHICLES, PICKUP TRUCKS, AND PASSENGER VEHICLES FAIL TO COMPLY WITH THE REQUIREMENTS OF FMVSS 225, "CHILD RESTRAINT ANCHORAGE SYSTEMS." THE AFFECTED EXPEDITION/NAVIGATOR OWNER GUIDES DO NOT IDENTIFY THE LOCATIONS OF SEATING POSITIONS EQUIPPED WITH TETHER ANCHORAGES, AND DO NOT PROVIDE INSTRUCTIONS FOR SECURING CHILD SEATS TO THESE TETHER ANCHORAGES. THE F150 SC OWNER GUIDES DO NOT PROVIDE THE PROCEDURE FOR SECURING CHILD SEATS TO THE TETHER ANCHORAGES. THE TAURUS/SABLE OWNER GUIDES DO NOT IDENTIFY THE CENTER REAR SEATING POSITION AS HAVING LATCH COMPATIBLE LOWER ANCHORAGES.
What should you do:
OWNERS WILL BE PROVIDED WITH OWNER GUIDE INSERTS REVISED TO PROVIDE THE REQUIRED INFORMATION, AND INSTRUCTIONS FOR AFFIXING THESE INSERTS TO THEIR OWNER GUIDES. CUSTOMERS WILL ALSO BE ADVISED THAT IF THEY PREFER, THEIR DEALER WILL AFFIX THE INSERTS TO THEIR OWNER GUIDES.
For more information:
OWNER NOTIFICATION BEGAN MARCH 6, 2001. OWNERS WHO DO NOT RECEIVE THE FREE LABEL AND INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS WITHIN A REASONABLE TIME SHOULD CONTACT FORD AT 1-800-392-3673.ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S AUTO SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-DASH-2-DOT (1-888-327-4236).
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 00V396000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 495000
SEAT BELTS:FRONT:ANCHORAGE
Aug 24 2000
THE ANCHOR MAY NOT HOLD THE CHILD SAFETY SEAT IN POSITION DURING AN ACCIDENT, INCREASING THE RISK OF INJURY TO THE OCCUPANT OF THE CHILD SAFETY SEAT.
Summary:
VEHICLE DESCRIPTION: PASSENGER VEHICLES. THE CHILD SAFETY SEAT ANCHOR LATCH (ISO-FIX ANCHOR) FASTENERS DO NOT HAVE ADEQUATE RESIDUAL TORQUE. THE ANCHORS ARE SECURED TO THE FLOOR PAN WITH A REINFORCEMENT PLATE THAT HAS TWO STUDS THAT EXTEND UPWARD THROUGH THE FLOOR PAN AND THE ISO-FIX ANCHOR. THE SEALER ON THE FLOOR PAN COULD CAUSE A SOFT JOINT AND, EVEN IF THE NUTS ARE PROPERLY TORQUED, ROAD VIBRATIONS COULD CAUSE THE NUT TO WORK ITS WAY COMPLETELY OFF THE STUD.
What should you do:
DEALERS WILL REMOVE AND RE-INSTALL THE BRACKET NUT USING A TORQUE RETENTION MATERIAL (RED LOCTITE). OWNER NOTIFICATION BEGAN SEPTEMBER 11, 2000. OWNERS WHO TAKE THEIR VEHICLES TO AN AUTHORIZED DEALER ON AN AGREED UPON SERVICE DATE AND DO NOT RECEIVE THE FREE REMEDY WITHIN A REASONABLE TIME SHOULD CONTACT FORD AT 1-800-392-3673.
For more information:
ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S AUTO SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-DASH-2-DOT (1-888-327-4236).
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 00V240000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 5961
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